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Jan. 16, 2014

No. 12 Virginia at Duke/Old Dominion
Date Fri., Jan. 17, 2014 | Sun., Jan. 19, 2014
Location Durham, N.C./Card Gymnasium | Norfolk, Va./Ted Constant Center
Live Results Friday (Duke) | Sunday (ODU)
Live Video ($) Friday (Duke) | Sunday (ODU)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 12th-ranked Virginia wrestling team returns to action this weekend with road duals at Duke and Old Dominion. The Cavaliers travel to Duke Friday for a 7 p.m. dual at Card Gymnasium, then head to Norfolk, Va., Sunday for a 3 p.m. match with the Monarchs at the Ted Constant Center.

Links to live video and results for both matches will be available at

Virginia (11-2, 1-0 ACC) returns to ACC competition after winning its first-ever Virginia Duals championship last Saturday. The Cavaliers topped Chattanooga (18-13), Kent State (22-12) and No. 14 Edinboro (20-19) to capture the title. The championship was Virginia’s first in the 34-year history of the event.

UVa’s Nick Sulzer (R-Jr., Cleveland, Ohio) earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks following the Virginia Duals. Sulzer won all three of his Virginia Duals bouts at 165 pounds, including an 11-6 decision over fourth-ranked Corey Mock of Chattanooga last Friday; the loss was Mock’s first this year. With a record of 22-1 this year, Sulzer has moved to career-best No. 2 nationally at 165.

Nick Herrmann (So., Amarillo, Texas), Jon Fausey (R-Sr., Dalmatia, Pa.) and Zach Nye (R-So., Enola, Pa.) also won all three of their bouts at the Virginia Duals at 125, 184 and 197, respectively.

Including Sulzer, Virginia has six wrestlers ranked in the national polls this week. Joe Spisak (R-Jr., Boiling Springs, Pa.) and Gus Sako (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) each are ranked as high as seventh nationally at 141 and 149, respectively. Blaise Butler (R-So., Belvidere, Ill.) stands as high as 11th at 157, while Fausey is as high as 13th at 184. Stephen Doty (R-Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) comes in as high as 14th at 174.

Duke sports a 3-5 dual mark this season, including an 0-1 ACC record. The Blue Devils have one ranked wrestler in their starting lineup – Conner Hartmann, who is No. 19 at 197. UVa has won eight straight duals against Duke and owns a 55-6-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Blue Devils.

ODU owns a 3-7 dual record, including an 0-2 record in its first season in the Mid-American Conference. The Monarchs have one ranked wrestler in their lineup – No. 4 Chris Mecate at 141. UVa holds a 25-14 record in the series and has won the teams’ last three duals.

Virginia continues its road swing next Friday (Jan. 24) when it travels to No. 13 Pittsburgh for UVa’s first ACC dual with the conference newcomer.

Virginia Probables
125: Nick Herrmann (10-5)
133: Joseph Martinez (8-10)
141: No. 14/16 Joe Spisak (14-7)
149: No. 11/9 Gus Sako (14-1) or Chris Yankowich (9-11)
157: No. 13/12 Blaise Butler (11-5)
165: No. 2/2 Nick Sulzer (22-1)
174: No. 14/14 Stephen Doty (18-6)
184: No. 19/17 Jon Fausey (11-4)
197: Zach Nye (12-6)
285: Ethan Hayes (11-10) or Collin Campbell (3-5)

Duke Probables
125: Alex Elsea (2-8)
133: Evan Botwin (2-6)
141: Xaviel Ramos (5-11)
149: Connor Bass (5-8)
157: Immanuel Kerr-Brown (13-6)
165: Marcus Cain (6-7)
174: Trey Adamson (11-5)
184: Jacob Kasper (8-8)
197: No. 19/19 Conner Hartmann (11-4)
285: Brian Self (5-10)

Old Dominion Probables
125: Brandon Jeske (13-9) or Jerome Robinson (1-3)
133: Scott Festejo (2-7) or Michael Hayes (8-8)
141: No. 4/4 Chris Mecate (18-5)
149: Alexander Richardson (16-6)
157: Tristan Warner (11-7)
165: Devin Geoghegan (9-9) or Dillon Geoghegan (3-8)
174: Billy Curling (8-6)
184: Jack Dechow (7-3)
197: Kevin Beazley (13-7) or Jake Henderson (7-4)
285: Matt Tourdot (11-8)

Rankings: AWN/InterMat

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